J.T. in D.C.
Congrats to our guy on a solid first #AllStarGame.— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) July 18, 2018
Miami is so proud of you, J.T. pic.twitter.com/D9oBAghTKV
J.T. Realmuto was nearly heroic in the All-Star Game Tuesday night. He had walked to get on base in the ninth inning before the Reds’ Scooter Gennett drove him in with a game-tying home run. The National League had taken the momentum for the first time in the game, but last year’s World Series decided to repeat itself, and the AL would go on to win 8-6.
The 27-year-old’s first plate appearance of the game was so good, we set it to music:
Here is the J.T. Realmuto 10-pitch walk in the #AllStarGame, sped up and set to the soundtrack of #JustGettinStarted pic.twitter.com/urrQjGy6po— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) July 18, 2018
All week, we’ve tracked J.T.’s experience in our nation’s capital, where he also won the admiration of his teammates:
Lorenzo ain't wrong, tho. #AllStarGame || #KeepinItRealmuto pic.twitter.com/LlZ5pa2LsM— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) July 18, 2018
Prior to the game, the star catcher discussed a possible trade or extension with the Marlins, as well as other topics. Of course, the All-Star game wasn’t even the biggest thing to happen to him this week!
Juan Pierre never made an All-Star team, but he still holds an All-Star record.
Local TV ratings
John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal finds that the measured MLB television audience has held steady year to year (subscription required).
However, the Marlins are in one of the several individual markets experiencing a noticeable drop-off. Despite performing similarly in the standings to the 2017 team, a lack of proven talent has contributed to a 17 percent decline in the FOX Sports Florida audience. Perhaps the play-by-play change from Rich Waltz to Paul Severino is another factor?
Awful Announcing also summarized the research (no paywall).
The Fish don’t play again until Friday in Tampa. But as we move to the second half, fans can look forward to seeing the Process evolve, says the Herald.
The latest from @gregcote: Marlins at the break: Here is why fans might begin to see hope in Derek Jeter’s plan. https://t.co/9R1qtJTxIe pic.twitter.com/yP23CpoeSo— Miami Herald Sports (@HeraldSports) July 17, 2018